Penance and Reconciliation

You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. One must appreciate the magnitude of the gift God has given us in the sacraments of Christian initiation in order to grasp the degree to which sin is excluded for him who has put on Christ. But the apostle John also says: “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” And the Lord himself taught us to pray: “Forgive us our trespasses,” linking our forgiveness of one another’s offenses to the forgiveness of our sins that God will grant us.

Those who approach the sacrament of Penance obtain pardon from God’s mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion.

The children of our parish receive their First Reconciliation in the 3rd grade. Preparation for this sacrament includes class instruction and study, participation in our Parent/Child Retreat, and attendance at practices. More information can be found here.

Children and adults who have not received this sacrament in the 3rd grade are encouraged to contact the Parish Office at 215.343.0315 or to enroll in a special class.